How does fence protect native plants and animals

Parks Victoria

Wilsons Promontory National Park will become a 50,000-hectare climate change safe haven - where Victoria's rich wildlife and habitats are freed from the pressures of introduced species, thanks to the Prom Sanctuary project.

Many of Victoria's native plants and animals are facing challenges due to climate change, loss of habitat, and predation from feral pests.

So, you might wonder - how does a fence help?

Put simply, the fence will keep unwanted animals out and protect vulnerable species, giving them the best chance to survive.

This can get complicated when some of the undesirable animals are clever and will try to jump, dig under or swim around the fencing.

There are many things to consider when designing this fence, which is why Parks Victoria is taking inspiration from existing projects, wildlife experts, environmental scientists, and engineers, to ensure that the Prom Sanctuary Fence is built right.

Parks Victoria is working with Traditional Owners in the protection of Aboriginal Cultural Heritage in this bio-cultural landscape.

See some of the fences currently protecting native species across Australia:

Newhaven Wildlife Sanctuary, Northern Territory

Quick stats


261,501 hectares (100,000 protected by fencing)

Fence length:

44 kilometres

Protected species: 604 native plant species

294 native animal species


Newhaven Wildlife Sanctuary is one of Australia's largest non-government protected areas. A hotspot for central Australian wildlife, Newhaven is a popular birdwatching destination supporting 174 species of birds.

Newhaven's 44-kilometre fence has created the world's largest feral cat eradication project, providing safe habitat for threatened animals including The Great Desert Skink.

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